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Insomniac Games

 

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T (Teen)

 

Released

November 2004

 

 

- Vastly improved in all areas from previous installments

- Great graphics in the levels and character models

- New multiplayer mode

- The chance to lay a smackdown with a wrench

 

 

- Short single player mode

- Slower split-screen play

 

 

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Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal

Score: 9.0 / 10

 

I don't know how but Insomniac Games puts out another Ratchet and Clank game after releasing the first sequel only 12 months ago. A game with such a short development cycle should be rampant with bugs, glitches, and must be a very poor quality game right? Or at least, in the best case scenario a sequel with rehashed graphics? Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal (UYA) completely destroys the expectations of a quickly developed game with amazing graphics and the simple fun of blowing things up.

 

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Ratchet is not a happy ummmm....squirrel? Well whatever he may be, he certainly is on the edge. Clank has gone onto be a Holo-wood superstar thanks to his TV Show. And what about Ratchet? Ratchet is known as Clank's butler! What an insult! To top it all of, Ratchet's home planet of Veldin is under attack by Tyhrranoids. They are working for Dr. Nefarious, a robot that plans to destroy all living things. Ratchet has to put aside his feelings for now and replace them with a deadly arsenal of weapons.

 

Arsenal of weapons sounds very tempting doesn't it? Every weapon you get has five upgrade levels. Your weapon will upgrade after you gain a certain amount of experience by using it.

 

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You  will find it easier to get through the game cycling through three weapons than utilizing every single weapon the game offers. That also helps you out when you run low on ammunition because ammunition pickups are random. That is to say they will reload a random weapon that is not maxed out on ammunition.  This becomes a problem when you desperately need shotgun ammunition and end up getting laser whip ammo.

 

UYA is a beautiful game.  It pushes the PS2 to its 

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limits with absolutely beautiful graphics. It boasts the best graphics of the series and is among the best in its genre. The game runs at a solid clip even with explosions, multiple flailing enemies and all sorts of mayhem on screen. All the character models are impressive and really stress the comical side of the game.  Bright exuberant environments also add to the overall awesomeness of this game.

 

You play as Ratchet more than you did in the previous games - Clank missions are not that numerous. That is not a bad thing as Ratchet is a fun character to play even if he is a one dimensional 'badass goodguy' character. There is also a sidescrolling part to this game which happens every time you get a vid-comic to play. In the games you play the part of Captain Quark - an important character in the game. The sidescrollers are not that impressive but it is a nice change of pace.

 

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Finally I come to the best part of UYA: Multiplayer. Multiplayer was touted to be the biggest addition to the franchise and it does not disappoint. You can play with your friends or you can hop online to face strangers with the same appetite for destruction. There are three online games: Deathmatch (Also a Team Deathmatch), Siege, and Capture the Flag. Deathmatch and Capture the Flag are self explanatory but Siege is a little more complicated. You start out on opposite bases and fight for control of 'nodes'. Once you are in control of a node you can use the turret stationed there to gun down your enemies. The best way to win this game is to work with your teammates. Online runs at a steady 60fps and includes USB headset support.

 

Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal is a gem. If you have the money, there is no reason for you to not already own this game. If you don't have the money, you should be out there earning the money. The Ratchet and Clank series has always been great but UYA is just a whole new level. Simply put - Up Your Arsenal is terrific.

 

- Stefan Shetty

(December 18, 2004)

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